Memphis HIV / AIDS Awareness Event Offers Testing, Education

The Memphis Ambassadors Program is hosting an HIV / AIDS awareness event Wednesday afternoon highlighting its effect on the African American population of Memphis.

In the Memphis area, 86 percent of HIV diagnoses in 2015 were African Americans, according to the LeBonheur Community HIV Network.

The event will provide free testing and educational information from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at three locations: Whitehaven Community Center, 4318 Graceland Dr.; Raleigh Community Center, 3678 Powers Road; Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry Avenue.

“We want the Memphis community to be equipped with the information and tools to know their status,” MAP program director Marquis Robinson said in a statement. “We also believe it is important that citizens are armed with knowledge about what people in their community are facing.”

The Memphis Ambassadors Program, LeBonheur Community HIV Network, A Step Ahead Foundation and the City of Memphis Youth Services Office are hosting the event.

Jamie Munks covers City of Memphis government and politics for The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @journo_jamie_.

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